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News :: Gender : Human Rights : International
Rally at Mexican Consulate Demands Justice for the Women of Juarez and Chihuahua
04 Apr 2005
On April 1st a crowd of about 50 people gathered outside the Mexican Consulate of Boston to demand justice for the women of Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico.

As people sang and handed out literature, a large banner stated, “4, 857 DEAD AND MISSING WOMEN, Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico” with a silhouette of a woman with a question mark. The rally took place on the sidewalk outside the Mexican Consulate offices at 20 Park Place in downtown Boston, at noon on Friday.
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Justice for the Women of Juarez and Chihuahua
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Justice for the Women of Juarez and Chihuahua
As people sang and handed out literature, a large banner stated, “4, 857 DEAD AND MISSING WOMEN, Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico” with a silhouette of a woman with a question mark. The rally took place on the sidewalk outside the Mexican Consulate offices at 20 Park Place in downtown Boston, at noon on Friday.

The banner matched hundreds of flyers that had been posted in downtown Boston the night before, some splattered with red paint resembling blood.

Since 1993, the cities of Juarez and Chihuahua have become killing fields for women–more than 4,000 women have disappeared, 400 women have been found murdered and still today women’s lives are perpetually in danger.

Although the exact reasons and perpetrators behind the killings remain obscure, it has become clear that the Mexican government and the maquiladora owners have failed to take meaningful steps to protect the women of this area, or to fully investigate and stop these crimes.

The Boston protest was organized by the La Rivolta Collective, and was part of a larger day of national action sponsored by the Mexican Solidarity Network.

On the informational flyer that was given out to people who walked by the protest that afternoon, the La Rivolta Collective stated, “We in Boston must stand in solidarity with our brave sisters fighting for justice and an end to the killings in Mexico. Refuse the border that the capitalist state constructs to separate and weaken us. These are gender and class based crimes against humanity, and the La Rivolta! Collective stands in international solidarity to say NO MORE!”

In addition to a general sense of solidarity, the local anarcha-feminist group had a personal link to women and men in Chihuahua.

On March 5th, Elizabeth, a cousin of one of the femicide victims in Chihuahua, led a workshop during the La Rivolta Anarcha-Feminist Festival in Boston that was attended by about 70 people. After Elizabeth's cousin, Neyra Cervantes, was murdered in Chihuahua, she has worked with the group Justicia para Nuestras Hijas to demand answers, and an end to the killings. During the workshop, Elizabeth talked about the femicides, the impact of sweatshops and corrupt officials and how women are organizing themselves to seek justice.

In what many thought was a direct retaliation for Elizabeth’s trip to Boston, David Medez Argueta, Elizabeth’s brother, who is currently in prison, was moved to an undisclosed location by Mexican authorities, unreachable by his family for days.

David had investigated the disappearance of his cousin Neyra Cervantes when he was arrested and sent to prison. One ramification of the killings is that innocent men are being made scapegoats while the real crimes go unsolved and the murders continue. David was falsely accused of killing Neyra, and was tortured into giving a false confession even though he was in the state of Chiapas when his cousin disappeared.
David has since been returned to his original prison, but he awaits sentencing and his situation remains grave.

During the protest, the Consul General of Mexico in Boston, Porfirio Thierry Munoz Ledo, asked to meet with members of the La Rivolta Collective. Two members of La Rivolta talked with the Consul for about half an hour and gave Mr. Ledo a list of demands:

1. A legitimate investigation into the crimes against the women of Juarez and Chihuahua,
2. Real protection for the women of Juarez and Chihuahua by both public authorities and the maquiladora owners,
3. Dropping of the false charges against David Medez Aguerta,
4. An end to the use of torture to coerce false confessions and an end to the intimidation of individuals and their families who fight for justice,
5. STOP THE FEMICIDES AND CULTURE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN to end the violence against the women of Juarez and Chihuahua, and to stop the intimidation of women in Mexico who speak out for justice.

Mr. Ledo politely listened to the demands and pledged to send an urgent letter to the Mexican government about David’s case. The La Rivolta Collective plans to follow up with the Consul in the near future.

The protest ended with a march to Park Street, and many people who were unable to attend the rally called into the Consulate offices throughout the day.

For more information about the situation in Juarez and Chihuahua, and current updates, go to www.mexicosolidarity.org or www.larivolta.org.

****More photos and a video has already been posted to the Boston IndyMedia site (http://boston.indymedia.org/newswire/display/34666/index.php ) about the rally, please check them out!
See also:
http://www.larivolta.org

This work is in the public domain.
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04 Apr 2005
I'm glad someone is talking about this stuff.
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08 Apr 2005
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